(Thanks to the brilliant ~Hedge~ for sharing this article!)
Boy, did I spend a LOT of time reading this article:
(Note that all of the graphs are interactive. Wow!)
Read the article (linked above). Spend some time “playing” with the various interactive graphs.
Answer the following questions:
- From the first scatter plot: Pick out 5 “interesting” sets. Biggest, most expensive, biggest in the year you were born, smallest in certain years, sets from round number years (2000, for example), first, most recent, etc. List out the characteristics of these sets (size, cost, date, etc) and explain briefly why you chose them and thought they were interesting.
- From the second through fourth data displays, explain what it means that there is sometimes a separation between “median” and “mean” and what that indicates about set sizes as we’ve progressed over the last 67 years.
- Under the data display “Lego Networks”, list the 5 sets that seem to have the most number of pieces, list the 5 sets that seem to have the most connectivity to other sets, and list 5 sets that don’t have a version of black/grey/white/red/blue as their main color. What conclusions or hypotheses might you draw from these three lists?